Oct. 19, 1997
Texas Tech Postgame Notes at Nebraska
LINCOLN, Nebr.--Texas Tech started six freshmen (4 true, 2 redshirt) on offense against Nebraska with a seventh entering the game as the starting fullback ... Wideout Dee Jackson (San Antonio, Texas) made his first career start in Texas Tech's four-receiver set, while Cole Roberts (Shallowater, Texas) made his first start at tight end ... Tailback Ricky Williams (Duncanville, Texas) and split end Derek Dorris (Azle, Texas) were the other true freshmen in the starting lineup against the Huskers. Williams has started all six games, while Dorris has started four ... Offensive left tackle Jonathan Gray (Lubbock, Texas) and right tackle Steve McFadden are redshirt freshmen that have started every game this season ... Redshirt freshman Johnathan Hawkins (Wichita Falls, Texas) entered the game as starting fullback and came into the game on the 2nd play of the game in Texas Tech's four-receiver set ... Texas Tech started as many as four freshmen on offense near the end of the 1994 season (Byron Hanspard, Zebbie Lethridge, Sheldon Bass and Stacy Mitchell) ... In addition eight freshman played in the first drive of the game (5 true, 3 redshirt) ... Redshirt freshman Mark Washington entered the game at flanker on the opening drive.
A total of 16 freshmen (11 true, 5 redshirt) played in the game, including those listed above plus DT Kris Kocurek (Caldwell, Texas), DE Devin Lemons (Pampa, Texas), R Dorian Pitts (Lubbock, Texas), FS John Norman (Midland, Texas), FS Anthony Terrell (Houston, Texas), TB Ricky Hunter (Dallas, Texas), CB Antwan Alexander (Midland, Texas) and SE Tim Baker (Borger, Texas).
Today's crowd of 75,764 was the seventh-largest that a Spike Dykes-led Red Raider team has played against ... Junior kicker Jaret Greaser (Amarillo, Texas) suffered a broken right leg on a 52-yard field goal attempt with 8:31 left in the first quarter ... The Husker defense limited Texas Tech to 68 yards of total offense in the first half, marking the first time this season the Red Raiders did not surpass 100 first-half yards.
Nebraska has not allowed Texas Tech in nine-straight quarters dating back to a third-quarter Zebbie Lethridge to Scott Aylor six-yard TD pass in the 1994 contest in Lubbock ... Freshman receiver Dee Jackson registered the first reception of his career in the third quarter, a 10-yard pass from quarterback Zebbie Lethridge ... Two plays later freshman Mark Washington (Sweeny, Texas) recorded his first career reception, a five-yard effort from Lethridge ... Brian Roberson's (Richardson, Texas) 58-yard punt with 1:16 left in the third quarter was the longest of his career ... Ty Ardoin recorded his first career interception with 7:51 to go in the game ... Zebbie Lethridge has recorded negative yards rushing in each of the last five games.
Today's 29-0 Nebraska win marked the first regular-season shutout of Texas Tech since a 31-0 win by Arkansas on Oct. 10, 1987, Spike Dykes' first full season as head coach. It marked the first road shutout since a 31-0 loss at Baylor on Sept. 28, 1985.
Texas Tech's 127 yards of total offense against Nebraska marked the lowest single game output since a 134-yard effort against Houston in 1982.